The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet

The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet, Yale University Press (2007)

GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper 2017-4

GWU Legal Studies Research Paper 2017-4

257 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2017 Last revised: 19 Feb 2017

Daniel J. Solove

George Washington University Law School

Date Written: October 24, 2007

Abstract

This is the complete text of Daniel J. Solove's book, THE FUTURE OF REPUTATION: GOSSIP, RUMOR, AND PRIVACY ON THE INTERNET (Full Text) (Yale University Press, October 2007).

Teeming with chatrooms, online discussion groups, and blogs, the Internet offers previously unimagined opportunities for personal expression and communication. But there's a dark side to the story. A trail of information fragments about us is forever preserved on the Internet, instantly available in a Google search. A permanent chronicle of our private lives - often of dubious reliability and sometimes totally false - will follow us wherever we go, accessible to friends, strangers, dates, employers, neighbors, relatives, and anyone else who cares to look. This engrossing book, brimming with stories of gossip, slander, and rumor on the Internet, explores the profound implications of the online collision between free speech and privacy.

Solove explores how the Internet is transforming gossip, the way we shame others, and our ability to protect our own reputations. Focusing on blogs, Internet communities, cyber mobs, and other current trends, he shows that, ironically, the unconstrained flow of information on the Internet may impede opportunities for self-development and freedom. Longstanding notions of privacy need review: unless we establish a balance among privacy, free speech, and anonymity, we may discover that the freedom of the Internet makes us less free.

Keywords: blog, social network, gossip, rumor, free speech, First Amendment, privacy, Google, anonymity, defamation, reputation, libel, slander

Suggested Citation

Solove, Daniel J., The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet (October 24, 2007). The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet, Yale University Press (2007); GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper 2017-4; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper 2017-4. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2899125

Daniel J. Solove (Contact Author)

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HOME PAGE: http://danielsolove.com

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